Shawna Ervin
Kenyan Fertility Doll

Wood carved away 
from her belly, it extends
into my hand, 
its hope sharp.

Breasts, two acute triangles,
hang empty. Around her neck,
three rows of beads, 
orange, yellow, black. 

I touch her braid, see 
on my hands, her dust. 

Shawna Ervin is an M.F.A. candidate at Rainier Writers Workshop and attended the Mineral School residency with a fellowship from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Recent publications include Tampa Review, Euphony Journal, Evening Street Review, Apalachee Review, The Delmarva Review, Summerset Review, and Superstition Review. Her chapbook Mother Lines was published in January 2020 by Finishing Line Press. She lives in Denver with her family.